College Students >> MS Office Ultimate $60

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  1. Robert ex

    Robert ex New Member

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    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]If you're enrolled as a college student, Microsoft is offering a promotion to get MS Office Ultimate for only $59.95 (normally it's over $600). Students can download the software direct from Microsoft or have a DVD shipped out for a fee.[/FONT]

    More Info >> [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]http://www.theultimatesteal.com/[/FONT]

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]"The Ultimate Steal" promotion is currently available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The program will be available in France, Italy and Spain beginning September 20. The promotion will end on April 30, 2008.[/FONT]

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  2. unknown

    unknown New Member

    I would check with your school before jumping on this. While it is a great deal, it is possible that you can get Office for slightly cheaper or for free.


    I would first check here to is if you school participates in MSDN Academic Alliance: http://www.msdnaa.net/search/schoolsearch.aspx? If your school does you might be able to get Office 2007 free.

    Also I would check with your campus tech store. Many times the colleges are able to offer discounted licensing to most Microsoft software. I know my campus sells Office 2007 Pro for $29, and Office 2003 Pro for $25.

    Most people will not use the full benefits of the Ultimate edition of Office. Check to see it you would use anything that is only in the ultimate edtion before you purchase it rather than going into your campus store.

    These are the things that are not in the Pro edition:

    Groove 2007
    OneNote 2007
    InfoPath 2007
     
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  3. doctormcdreamy

    doctormcdreamy New Member

    this could count for spam. you're not supposed to adverstise things like this on pokegym, arent you?

    there is open office. you can google it. it's one of those open-end deals. like linux. that programmers work on together and the end product is free. open office is a pretty good alternative to ms office.
     
  4. Robert ex

    Robert ex New Member

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    If someone needs more info about Microsoft Office, you may want to visit these sites:
    You're right about SOME schools having good purchase options, and I'm glad you brought this point up. It's always best to shop around. Thanks. (...the link to the MSDN Academic Alliance is especially helpful).

    There are a lot of colleges, voc-techs, and seminaries that don't have these choices though. Any "actively enrolled" student with a *.edu email address -- even if it's online or distance learning -- should be able to take advantage of this.

    This really is a bargain for the right person -- the best deal I've seen Microsoft offer.

    Again, very good advice. But I think you might be assuming (mistakenly, maybe ?) that everyone shares your situation. True, the average student may not need the full benefits of the Ultimate edition, but it sure beats going to Wal-Mart for the much slimmed-down Home & Student edition -- which retails for about $120.

    If someone is stuck buying the Home & Student edition, they've only got Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. By upgrading to the Ultimate version, they add Outlook, Access, Publisher, Accounting Express, and more.

    I would consider this a helpful "community announcement" -- not spam.
    • Noun: Spam -- Unwanted or junk e-mail (usually of a commercial nature sent out in bulk)
    You need not worry. Bill Gates doesn't share the proceeds with anyone on the PokeGym. :wink:

    With so many college students on this forum, it seems quite fitting to pass on any useful info to help them budget. After all, it's not easy trying to decide between the latest Level X card, and a silly thing like school supplies.

    OpenOffice is really great for folks who only want FREE stuff -- it serves it's purpose quite well. But if you've ever used it after trying MS Office, you quickly realize why Microsoft doesn't worry about losing their steady customers. It's kind of like comparing a perfectly broiled sirloin steak to a McDonald's double cheeseburger.

    There is also Google Docs, Spreadsheet, and Calendar. And dozens of other free online (Web 2.0) apps. And tons of open source software (aka freeware) available all over the 'net. Some are OK. But they're not reliable for prolonged use (i.e. in a professional atmosphere). Frankly, none of them even comes close to the performance, or wide acceptance of Microsoft Office.

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  5. unknown

    unknown New Member

    No, I am not assuming that everybody shares my situation. I guess I should have been a little more clear in what I was saying. I was saying that if you are able to get the Pro version for $20-30, you should look at what they offer and decide from that. If you do not need Infopath, Groove, or One Note, you do not need to spend the extra $30-40. I am not telling them to not purchase Ultimate because they only use Word, and the rest would not be used, I am essentially suggesting to them to purchase the cheapest one that meets their needs.


    Thanks, the typo is fixed.

    Agreed.
     
  6. Regis_Neo

    Regis_Neo Moderator

    How is this spam? I doubt he's a Microsoft employee and historically people have always posted odd random links to weird Ebay items. Do they count as spam also? Besides, I don't think pointing out a good deal for us poor college students is spam either.

    Back on topic, my college usually comes out with a student bundle which usually has the latest Microsoft thing for free, but it's still lagging along with XP SP2 and Office 2003 set...perhaps this is worth buying.
     
  7. homeofmew

    homeofmew Active Member

    Thanks for Sharing, this is a pretty good Deal :)
     
  8. drrty byl

    drrty byl New Member

    Here is a [long] list of governments, corporations, and educational systems that have major deployments of openoffice in place:

    http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Major_OpenOffice.org_Deployments

    Performance? In terms of resource utilization and speed? Or enhancements perceptible in user space? Arguably, MS Office applications have an edge over OOo in neither of these categories.

    Microsoft will continue to dominate various niches of the software market until users realize that there ARE superior alternatives to their products free of charge. Just look at what's happened with Firefox. Wouldn't you rather spend $60, $120, or $200 on Pokemon cards?
     
  9. SD PokeMom

    SD PokeMom Mod Supervisor Staff Member

    ...what i find interesting in using open office: the same document saved in .odc format is ~24kb in size while the version saved in word doc format is *89kb*...

    'mom
     
  10. Robert ex

    Robert ex New Member

    Long list? ...10 government entities, 16 schools, and 8 corporations in all of North America?

    I guess the tens of thousands who haven't switched to "FREE stuff" are not very bright, eh? :rolleyes:

    It never occurred to me this thread might turn into a contentious "open source" discussion.

    I guess, for you, getting this $650 program for only $60 (over 90% savings) is not a good deal.

    Take it -- or leave it. Whatever floats your boat?! :nonono:

    ...and the ever-trustworthy FREE Wikipedia will put Encyclopedia Britannica to shame.

    ...and Linux (FREE, of course) will make Windows and Mac OS X obsolete.

    So what do you think? When their "market shares" start to catch up, is it possible there might be hidden drawbacks? Will all these freebies (Google, Firefox, etc, etc) have a price we ultimately have to pay? Should we be so naive to think this is all done "out of the goodness of their hearts"? And should we be enthusiastic beta testers (guinea pigs) throughout the entire process?

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  11. drrty byl

    drrty byl New Member

    Me neither -- I simply stated some facts about openoffice.org in relation to microsoft office. I apologize if this episode has interrupted any ultimate stealmaking.

    Well, if you want to get technical - OS X is built on BSD: a free, reliable, highly secure operating system. Windows is built on a solid foundation of.. Exploits?

    You're right, free stuff is evil. We will indeed pay a hefty price in the end for these resources provided free of charge and copyright restriction. Continue stealing ultimately.
     

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